A sleeper sofa is not really a complicated piece of technology. Putting a fold up bed in a sofa was within the realm of possibility for many years, but it was not until the latter part of the twentieth century until some furniture maker decided he could do it. Now, almost every home has one somewhere. The advantages of a sleeper sofa are easily understood, especially if a family has family or guests over for the night.
A sofa with sleeper combination does cost more than the standard sofa. It is also more difficult to transport. The metal frame and the bed itself must fit in the part underneath the couch. The bed contained in the sleeper sofa adds a considerable amount of weight.
The more important part of using a sleeper sofa is getting the bed out when it is needed. A number of comedy sketches from the early to mid 1980s covered this topic, but unfolding a sleeper sofa is not as difficult as it may seem. The user simply has to pull the sleeper part of the sofa out and unfold it.
A sofa with sleeper may not present the most comfortable bed for an individual, but it will work much better than sleeping on the couch itself. The bed also allows the user to distribute his weight on the cot portion of the bed more evenly. This helps extend the life of the sofa and helps it serve its primary function.
A sleeper sofa will cost more than a standard sofa, but the prices have come down from when they were first introduced. The idea was similar to the Futon, except a sofa with sleeper does not fold down into a bad, it has a bed inside the sofa. Futons will still have their place, however.